Policy & Lobbying
Private Rented Sector
In some rural areas the private rented sector is often the main, or only, housing option for those unable to purchase a home on the open market. Over the last few years the sector has seen a number of changes, largely through increased regulation and reform of the housing benefit system. 

Scottish Land & Estates is working with members, the Scottish Government, local authorities and other stakeholders  to ensure that the Private Rented Sector plays an important role in the provision of good quality, effective housing supply.

 

 

 

    Information Sheets

    • 05/05/2017 - PRS 30 Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme
      This information sheet outlines the details of the latest Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme from the Scottish Government.
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    • 26/04/2017 - PRS 29 Tolerable Standard
      This information sheet explains the Tolerable Standard which is the minimum standard to which properties in all tenures must meet.
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    • 02/03/2017 - PRS 28 - Regulation of Letting Agents
      This information sheet provides an overview of the Regulation of Letting Agents including the Code of Practice and training requirements.
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    • 01/03/2017 - PRS 08 First Tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber)
      This information sheet provides an overview of the First Tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber) which took over the functions of the Private Rented Housing Panel in December 2016.
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    • 16/07/2015 - PRS 27 Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Private Rented Property
      This information sheet provides details of the Scottish Government's statutory guidance for the provision of carbon monoxide alarms. Regard must be had to the guidance in determining whether a house meets the repairing standard.
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    • 03/06/2015 - PRS 26 - HEEPS Funding
      This information sheet provides an overview of the funding available through the Scottish Government's Home Energy Efficiency Programme (HEEPS).
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    • 30/03/2015 - H&C 11 Second Consultation on a new Tenancy for the Private Sector
      This briefing note summarises the second consultation on a new tenancy for the private sector. The consultation closes on 10th May 2015.
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    • 17/03/2015 - PRS 24 Legionella in Private Rented Properties
      This information sheet looks at the responsibilities of private landlords to assess and reduce the risk of legionella in their rented properties.
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    • 10/03/2015 - PRS 25 Electrical Safety
      This information sheet is an overview of the statutory guidance regarding electrical safety in private rented properties.
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    • 09/04/2013 - PRS 20: Tenant Information Pack
      From 1st May 2013, landlords who provide assured or short assured tenancies will have a legal duty to provide new tenants with a tenant information pack, under section 30A of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. Section 33 of the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011 and subsequent regulations (The Tenant Information Packs (
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    • 14/09/2012 - PRS 19: Residential leasing – advice to prospective landlords
      The purpose of this Information Sheet is to highlight some of the main areas of regulation to be borne in mind when considering leasing out residential property.
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    • 20/06/2012 - PRS 18: Tenancy Deposit Schemes Go Live
      Since the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations came into force on 7 March 2011, the Scottish Government has been considering three proposals for the operation of tenancy deposit schemes. Minister approval has been granted to the following schemes giving landlords the ability to choose which scheme or schemes they want
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    • 14/06/2012 - PRS 17: Tacit Relocation in Residential Leases
      This Information Sheet explores the situation where a tenant has abandoned a residential property and addresses the following question: Is the landlord free simply to recover possession of the property and relet it, or is there a need to serve a notice to quit and to obtain a decree of removing from the Sheriff Court, before
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    • 22/12/2011 - PRS 16: New rules for Local Housing Allowance
      The latest of the UK Government's welfare reforms comes into law from 1 January 2012. This extends the 'shared accommodation rate' restriction on Local Housing Allowance - the form of Housing Benefit for tenants in the private rented sector - to claimants under the age of 35.
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    • 22/06/2011 - PRS 15 Tenancy Deposit Schemes
      The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 came into force on 7 March 2011. They set out the framework for the approval of tenancy deposit schemes, and Scottish Ministers are now able to consider proposals for the operation of tenancy deposit schemes, which they assess against the conditions that are set out in the
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    • 08/06/2011 - PRS 01: Registration of Private Landlords
      Under Part 8 of the Antisocial Behaviour, etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, private landlords must apply for registration to their local authority. A local authority must be satisfied that they are fit and proper to be letting in order to register them.
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    • 08/06/2011 - PRS 02: Right to Adapt Rented Houses Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006
      Part 1, Chapter 7 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 contains provisions which give tenants of private rented houses the right to adapt the property to meet the needs of a disabled occupant or in respect of any grant payable under section 15(1) (a) (grants for improving energy efficiency of houses) of the Social Security Act 199
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    • 08/06/2011 - PRS 03: Property and Contents Inventories
      An inventory is the most important statement of the condition of property, fixtures, fittings and furnishings at the start and termination of a lease. When a new tenant moves into a property, it is good practice for a landlord to provide an inventory.
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    • 01/08/2007 - PRS 04: The Repairing Standard
      This information sheet provides details of the Repairing Standard.
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    • 08/06/2011 - PRS 05: Private Landlord Registration and its Implications for Tenanted Farms
      Scottish Land & Estates (formerly the SRPBA) has been involved in ongoing discussions with the Scottish Government concerning housing on tenanted farms, who should be registered and in what way.
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    • 30/09/2007 - PRS 06: Housing Legislation for Farms and Estates
      This Information Sheet summarises recent housing regulation as applied to farms and estates.  It looks at the registration of private landlords and the repairing standard.
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    • 28/02/2008 - PRS 09: Energy Performance Certificates
      Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are part of the European 's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, and their introduction in Scotland has been phased from May 2007.
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    • 10/06/2011 - PRS 10: Landlord Energy Savings Allowance
      In 2004 the Government introduced a tax allowance called the Landlord’s Energy Saving Allowance (LESA), to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of let residential properties.  LESA is an allowance for the cost of acquiring and installing certain energy-saving items.  Expenditure on these items cannot normally
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    • 01/09/2010 - PRS 11: Homeless Persons (Provision of Non-Permanent Accommodation) (Scotland) Regulations 2010
      On 25 February 2010, Regulation 5 of The Homeless Persons (Provision of Non-Permanent Accommodation) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 amended Section 32A (Discharging of Homelessness Duties) of the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987. Local Authorities now have the power to discharge their duty to homeless households by securing a Short Assu
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    • 08/06/2011 - PRS 12: Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Act 2011
      The Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill was passed on 17 March 2011, and has now received Royal Assent. A timetable for commencement of the various provisions contained with the Act will be agreed with the next Housing Minister.
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    • 17/01/2006 - PRS 13: Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 – Summary of Main Provisions
      The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 received Royal Assent on 5 January 2006, and aims to improve quality in the private housing sector. All members of Scottish Land and Estates who provide rented or tied accommodation will need to be aware of its requirements. At the date of writing commencement dates for the various parts of the Ac
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    • 10/06/2011 - PRS 14: Landlord Accreditation Scotland- a National Voluntary Accreditation Scheme for Private Landlords
      One of the core aims of both the Scottish Land & Estates (formerly the SRPBA) and the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL), as the two largest private landlord organisations in Scotland, is to improve standards in the private rented sector and the management practice of private landlords.
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